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Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance

Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Awarded for quality urban/alternative performances
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 2003
Last awarded 2011
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The Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality urban/alternative performances. Awards in several categories are distributed annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position."[2]

The award was first awarded to India.Arie at the 45th Grammy Awards (2003) for her song "Little Things". According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award was presented to artists that had made "newly recorded urban/alternative performances with vocals". The award was intended to recognize artists "who have been influenced by a cross section of urban music" and who create music that is out of the "mainstream trends".[3]

Two-time recipients include India.Arie, Cee Lo Green (once as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley), and Jill Scott. Erykah Badu, Big Boi (a member of OutKast) and (a member of The Black Eyed Peas) share the record for the most nominations, with three each. Sérgio Mendes is the only performer to be nominated twice in one year. The category was dominated by Americans, yet individuals from Jamaica and Côte d'Ivoire also won the award. The award will be discontinued from 2012 in a major overhaul of the Grammys where the category will be shifted to the Best R&B Performance category.[4]


  • Recipients 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


A woman wearing an orange dress while singing into a microphone.
India.Arie became the first recipient of the award in 2003.

A woman wearing a brown dress while smiling and snapping her fingers.
2005 and 2008 award winner Jill Scott performing in 2007

A man wearing a hat and brown shirt while opening his mouth.
2009 award recipient

Year Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
2003 India.Arie  United States "Little Things" [5]
2004 OutKast  United States "Hey Ya!" [6]
2005 Scott, JillJill Scott  United States "Cross My Mind" [7]
2006 Marley, DamianDamian Marley  Jamaica "Welcome to Jamrock" [8]
2007 Gnarls Barkley  United States "Crazy" [9]
2008 Fiasco, LupeLupe Fiasco and Jill Scott  United States "Daydreamin'" [10]
2009 Michele, ChrisetteChrisette Michele and  United States "Be OK" [11]
2010 India.Arie and Dobet Gnahoré  United States
 Ivory Coast
"Pearls" [12]
2011 Green, Cee LoCee Lo Green  United States "Fuck You" [13]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

See also


  • "Past Winners Search".  
  • "Grammy Awards: Best Urban/Alternative Performance". Rock on the Net. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance".  
  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ "52nd OEP Category Description Guide" ( 
  4. ^ "Awards Category Comparison Chart" ( 
  5. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominees; ceremony set for Feb. 23".  
  6. ^ "Grammy Award Winners".  
  7. ^ "Grammy Award nominees in top categories".  
  8. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). December 8, 2005. p. 2. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ "49th Annual Grammy Grammy Nominees".  
  10. ^ "50th annual Grammy Awards nominations".  
  11. ^ "Grammy 2009 Winners List". MTV.  
  12. ^ "Nominees And Winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list".  

External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards
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